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Journey from Addis Ababa down through Ethiopia's Great Rift Valley, with stops en route at the Unesco world heritage site of Tiva, Lake Langano and Arba Minch. Birding, fascinating history and dramatic rift valley landscapes accompany the journey down. Stopping off at towns along the way and eating in good local restaurants provide an interesting insight into day-to-day Ethiopian life.
The route also passes through Shashamane, home to a large Rastafarian population. From Arba Minch, home to the Dorze people, drive south to Karat-Konso, situated on the edge of the Omo valley. From here, visit an authentic Konso village before travelling west into the Omo valley to experience the Thursday market of Key Afar. The last stop on the itinerary, before Addis Ababa, is the Aregash Lodge in Yirgalem. Here, superb food and warm hospitality ease you into some welcome relaxation time.
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Arrive in Addis Ababa. Afternoon city tour.
Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel. (L, D)
Drive to Lake Langano via the Unesco world
heritage site of Tiva. Stay overnight at Sabana
Beach Resort. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive to Arba Minch. Stay 2 nights at Paradise
Lodge. (B, L, D)
Morning boat ride on Lake Chamo. Afternoon visit to Chencha. (B, L, D)
Drive to Karat. Two nights at Kanta Lodge.
Afternoon visit to a Konso village. (B, L, D)
Full-day excursion to Key Afar in the Omo
valley for the Thursday market. See the
Konso, Bena and Tsemay tribes going about
their daily lives. Return to Karat-Konso.
(B, L, D)
Drive via Yabello to Yirgalem. Picnic lunch en
route. Stay 3 nights at Aregash Lodge.
(B, L, D)
Morning walk in the local area, including
interaction with the local people. Afternoon
drive to see the coffee plantations. Return
to Aregash Lodge for a coffee ceremony and
hyena viewing. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure. Optional excursion to the fish
market in Awasa, including a 2-hour boat trip to spot birds and hippos. Return to Aregash
Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the
Golden Tulip Hotel where a day room is
available. A car is at your disposal. Dinner
at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the
airport. (B, L, D) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys
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